men's hockey team over canada, and much more. these games transcend sports. the olympics live to our nation, provided a needed distractions of a record snowfall, the budget crisis, the challenges of a recovering economy, and and and plotted rate, and partisan politics of washington. similar to 1980, the olympic games gave us a break from the burdens we face every day and reminded us of national pride, perseverance, and how hard work breeds success. every 20 years or so, remarkable moments after find incredible power of the human spirit. from the end of the second world war to the men landing on the moon and the fall of the berlin wall, there are moments of nations overcome the present and build for the future. every four years the olympics sparks of flame of creativity and perseverance, showcasing the strength and will of the next generation. if michael phelps and the games of beijing captivated us in the summer of 2008.